Most INCREDIBLE Transparent Animals

By : Talltanic - 5 months ago
You won’t need to adjust your screen for our video today, because we are going to be taking in some of the most incredible transparent animals from around the world! From frogs to butterflies, shrimp to octopus, these animals clearly have nothing to hide.

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7 - Asian glass catfish…
Officially one of the most transparent vertebrates in the world, the Asian glass catfish is also called the ghost fish or phantom catfish. The majority of their organs are located near their head and if you have a magnifying glass, you can see the little heart beating. The reach lengths of 3.1-inches and if the light shines on them at just the right angle, they create a beautiful iridescent rainbow color. They’re common in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and they change to a milky white color when they’re no longer alive.

6 - Sea butterflies…
We mentioned sea butterflies earlier, stating they’re the staple meal for sea angels. These beautiful marine snails live near the poles and have a very unique way of feeding. They have a net of mucus that forms over their wings which traps food particles. Sea butterflies have evolved to use their muscular foot to swim through open water. The foot has become divided into 2 lobes resembling flimsy wings, which look like they’re flapping the water. Many animals feed off sea butterflies, including herring and ringed seals.

5 - Zebrafish…
This transparent fish has been genetically bred in a lab, and you can clearly see it’s brain, heart and internal organs. And it’s all been done in the name of research. Zebrafish are being bred to make it easier for scientists to study the spread of diseases, such as cancer. This fish stays transparent for its full lifetime and after 4-weeks, everything is visible inside the fish. They’re said to be genetically similar to humans and serve as good models for the study of human biology and disease.

4 - Dragonflies…
Not an unfamiliar animal by any means, but certainly a true beauty. Dragonflies have long bodies, big eyes and transparent wings and are known affectionately as the helicopters of the insect world. There are over 5,000 species of them and they all sport 6 legs despite not being able to walk very well at all.
They are of course excellent fliers, and their transparent wings allow them to hover and fly backwards and forwards, reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. They’re found across the globe and feast on mosquitoes and gnats. When catching prey, they create a basket using their legs which they then swoop around their prey, hold it in place and proceed to eat midflight.

3 - Flounders…
Naturally it helps to be transparent in order to avoid being noticed and eaten by a predator. However, in many cases this only helps up to a point, for example if the animal grows to a decent size. Some animals also lose this feature when they become able to move faster or defend themselves. The Flounder is transparent when small in order to maintain a low profile, but slowly develops its more well known mottled camouflaged appearance as they grow. As fry they look like normal upright swimming fish with eyes on either side of the head, but the left eye migrates to the right side of the body as the become larger. This lends itself to a different means of camouflage, whereby the flounder lies flat on the seabed, partially covers itself and has both eyes protruding to in order to maintain a look out. Its flat body shape naturally helps in this regard. Sometimes bathers stand on them much to the alarm of both parties!

2 - Salpa Maggiore…
Is rather unique in that it doesn’t look like a typical fish and has some interesting characteristics. It has been misconstrued as a member of the jellyfish family, but it has gills of a fish and a heart and is more closely related to fish than anything else.
They are asexual meaning they can reproduce on their own and they produce long chains of off-spring, sometimes in a string of hundreds. In some parts of the cold Southern Ocean they form vast swarms and can be more numerous than krill even. Their fecal pellets and lifeless bodies can vastly alter the level of carbon on the seabed, effecting the oceans’ biological pump and carbon balance. It moves by pumping water through its gelatinous body covering and ejecting it again, known as one of the most efficient way of propulsion in the animal kingdom. It also feeds by collecting small organisms in its feeding filters at the same time. Often needing to feed close to the surface, being transparent is a boon, and normally only the small orange blob of its organs are clearly visible. They can grow up to 10 inches in length.


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